We have built two types of instruments for near-infrared Raman spectroscopy studies of human tissues, one for laboratory measurements and one for clinical use. The laboratory systems are designed to collect the highest quality spectra possible and allow different excitation/collection wavelengths to be studied. The clinical systems are designed to collect spectra via optical fibers within a few seconds and to be mobile and hospital-compatible. These systems are capable of detecting weak near-infrared Raman bands hidden in large background signals. Calibration and background subtraction procedures are described, and system performance is evaluated.

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